The newly established secretariat of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF) will be opened during an official ceremony on Tuesday, 11 March. Germany had successfully lobbied to bring the secretariat to Berlin on the initiative of Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The opening ceremony will take place at the Federal Foreign Office.
Speakers at the event will be Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier; Jan Kohout, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic; Professor Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, Poland’s Commissioner for Relations with Germany; Professor Andreas Nachama, director of the Topography of Terror Foundation; and Avner Shalev, director of the Yad Vashem memorial site.
The ITF was initiated by former Swedish prime minister Göran Persson in 1998 and formally established at a founding conference in Stockholm in 2000. It currently has 25 member states and consists of governmental and nongovernmental organizations. Its aim is to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and promote Holocaust education and research as a means of countering anti-Semitic tendencies in our societies.